Face Time Still Rules

Half of nearly 600 U.S. and Canadian workers surveyed by Right Management expect that person-to-person networking is how they will find their next position, while 1 in 5 thinks it will come from a posting on an Internet job board.

Most people think they will get their next job thanks to in-person networking, according to a poll of nearly 600 U.S. and Canadian workers by Right Management, the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup.

Whether currently employed or unemployed, half of those surveyed expect that person-to-person networking is how they will find their next position, while 1 in 5 thinks it will come from a posting on an Internet job board.

How do you think you will find your next position?

Networking

50%

Job board

22%

Agency/recruiter

19%

Direct approach

 8%

Newspaper/periodical

 1%

 

 

“These findings track well with actual outcomes,” notes Monika Morrow, senior vice president of Career Management at Right Management. “It turns out that face-to-face contact is how more than half of our candidates find new employment based on firm data for the last five years, although nowadays job searches may begin through social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook. By themselves, however, job boards are about half as effective in actual circumstances.”

Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders.